NACOGDOCHES, Texas-The Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University will host author Lee Martin during its Fall Reading Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

Martin is the author of the novel "The Bright Forever," a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. He also has written "River of Heaven," "Quakertown" and the forthcoming "Break the Skin." Martin has published two memoirs, "From Our House" and "Turning Bones," as well as a short story collection, "The Least You Need to Know."

He is the winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council. Martin currently teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Ohio State University, where he directs the creative writing program.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. For more information, call (936) 468-2605.